Growth of the Hispanic Population
Throughout the last four decades, the Hispanic workforce in the U.S. has nearly grown six times in size. For several industries, their workforce consists of around 30% Hispanics. Of these industries, the majority are labor-intensive.
With the large stake that the Hispanic workforce has in the U.S., a top priority for employers should be safety with their Hispanic employees. However, the language and cultural barriers can impede the success of this priority. Hispanics must be able to understand the trainings of safety and equipment use from their employers.
Training in Spanish
OSHA states that employers must train in a language and vocabulary that their employees understand. The reason for training is to minimize the chance and risk of injuries and fatalities. There are several ways to effectively train so that the Hispanic workforce has equal opportunity to be trained.
OSHA provides their material of safety regulation and standards in Spanish. Even with this, it is the responsibility of the employer or supervisor to be able to train effectively with this material. There are several ways that they can do so.
In recent years, Oregon OSHA did a training that was only spoken in Spanish. The event was directed to the workers and not the supervisors. They found a common theme that accidents were caused by a language barrier. There is a need for improvement in the communication between the supervisors and the Hispanic employees.
The Hard Hat Training Series has a course on “Communicating with Spanish Workers”. This training is specific for the supervisors and managers to be able to cross the language and cultural barriers and be able to train their Hispanic employees effectively. Make sure to be on the lookout for that. They also offer the majority of their trainings in Spanish for those Spanish employees. In the meantime, check out our hundreds of other safety training on their website.
Good luck and stay safe!